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Over the past 15 years, girls’ education in the developing world has been a story of progress, as noted in Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood Brief No. 33. Interest from the development community has grown steadily in response to evidence documenting the benefits of girls’ schooling, and female education is now a major part of global development commitments. Education helps adolescent girls avoid long working hours and early pregnancies, and lowers risk of HIV/AIDS, and secondary education offers greater prospects of remunerative employment. But according to a 2008 United Nations report, 113 countries failed to reach the 2005 Millennium Development Goals on gender equality in education. The Population Council’s research on schooling seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the patterns and trends in schooling for girls and the relationship between experiences in school, school quality, and adolescent outcomes. Findings from the Council’s most recent work on girls’ education are outlined in New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls, which builds a case for rigorous efforts by governments and NGOs to improve educational standards for adolescent girls.






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